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When I was in 2nd grade, I thought once you got to 3rd grade you knew how to spell all the words in the English language. That's why I always asked the 3rd graders at daycare for homework help!

Kelsey
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When my mother was very small, she wrote a page of scribble "writing" and showed it to her mother. She remarked that it wasn't "real" writing. My mother was very confused and argued that it was indeed real (in the sense of existing). She thought her mother literally couldn't see the writing.

Anon
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One time while I was at recess in preschool, I went through the whole alphabet in my head, trying to figure out which letter made the ŋ (ng) sound.

Anon
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When I was a little kid, for some unknown reason I thought the word rinse was spelled "wrince." I even argued with my dad when he corrected me.

Anon
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You know that thing you use to carry load of stuff around the garden and outside? It has one wheel. Yeah, a wheelbarrow. Well until I was about 14 I thought it was called a wheelbarrel because you would put a barrel in the metal part and wheel it away!

Anon
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My friend believed until his senior year in high school that the word drawer was spelled "joor". We couldn't figure out why he would spell it that way and spent a lot of time sounding out the word drawer to hear the j.

Anon
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When I was very young -- before kindergarten -- I was already very good at reading and spelling. Like other kids here, I asked my parents how to spell the letters of the alphabet. How do you spell A? How do you spell B? etc.

I accepted their answer that letters were not things that you spell because they're the things that are used FOR spelling. I decided I would try to spell the letters anyways. I remember writing them down: Ay, Bee, See, Dee, and so on.

See was more properly spelled Cee, because I thought the word should be spelled with the letter that it means. I was particularly proud of Aitch, even though it has the H at the end rather than beginning with H. I was quite baffled by Kew (Kyoo? Cue?) because I couldn't get a Q into it. If I'd known the word Queue at the time I might have considered the project more of a success.

Brenda
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When my friend was 6 she used to misspell heroine as "heroine". She'd once written, "My favorite thing about movies is the heroin" in her essay, and then her parents were called to explain the situation.

Anon
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When I was a kid I believed that if I ate cereal I would be a cereal killer.

Anon
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when I was a child I had never seen Jennifer Lopez written down so I thought her name was Jenny Ferlopez x)

Cath
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I use to believe that a "Prima Donna" was "Pre-Madonna"---someone before Madonna's time.

Lacey S
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I though that when people said someone was in a coma, they were saying acoma. I didn't know that it was two seperate words. I thought that until I saw the word in a book when I was about 12

Anon
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A friend of mine believed that your handwriting was based on the pen you used, so she would try to steal her mother's pen because her handwriting was really neat.

Pen pal
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When I was in preschool I was terrified of the letter "Z". When we practiced writing our letters I would come to the end of the alphabet, and start crying. I was scared because I was convinced I didn't know how to write it.

Anon
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I used to believe it was bombfire. Not bonfire. Yeahhh, I found out when I was 14, and nobody even corrected me.

Surprised
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When I was little, I believed that if a word was written on a line by itself it would get lonely. I used to make my sentence bigger so it wouldn't be on its own.
I also thought that the i's and t's would get jealous of the order I dotted and crossed them.

Jemma-Louise
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I thought my dad invented the "radio alphabet" and it was something only he knew about because I'd only ever heard him use it

Nate
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One time when I was doing spelling homework and my dad was correcting it I said "I'm sure I got all the right letters in the words even if they aren't in the right order" That did NOT work!

Alberto Richardson
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I used to think the alphabet went, "A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, Watermelon, P etc." I always got bored in the middle of the song but I knew it had four syllables so naturally watermelon was the only thing that made sense!

Anon
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I used to believe the word firefighters was actually "firefire" because they sound similar.
I knew they put out fires, because that is why they would be called firefires. Their job is about fire.

i don't want to be a firefire when i grow up.
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